Senso-e - Senso-e are prints depicting wars, most often the Sino-Japanese War of 1894 - 1895 and the Russo-Japanese War in 1904 - 1905. Primarily triptychs, these images filled the journalistic need for illustrations of current activities on the battle front, but also acted as propaganda, encouraging support for the wars and fostering patriotism. These prints emphasized the bravery and success of the army and navy, using dramatic designs and bold compositions, with customers eagerly purchasing the latest prints. Some famous Meiji era artists did senso-e, including Kiyochika, Chikanobu, and Gekko. By the time the Russo-Japanese War came around, woodblock prints had fallen out of favor due to competition with photography and lithography, so fewer designs exist from this time period as compared to the Sino-Japanese War.
Comments - Dramatic depiction of fighting in the street during the Sino-Japanese War. Japanese soldiers rush forward at left to meet the enemy, who stand their ground at right, firing upon the troops. Bullets fly through the air and two Chinese tumble to the ground as a Japanese thrusts his bayonet at one. Chinese snipers fire down at the attackers from the upper story windows of the buildings at left, a pair of shutters falling onto the tile rooftop below. An unusual depiction of fighting in close quarters during this historic conflict.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight thinning at corners, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing, a few marks. Please see photos for details.
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